Man found guilty of sexually assaulting woman on Tinder date

The 36-year-old claimed he thought they were meeting for a “hook-up”

Man found guilty of sexually assaulting woman on Tinder date

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A Dublin man has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a Brazilian woman on a Tinder date in July 2014.

The 36-year-old claimed he thought they were meeting for a “hook-up” when he picked her up and drove her to a secluded part of the UCD campus.

She told his trial she never gave him that impression and was afraid he was going to rape her when he forced himself on her in his car.

The woman flew back from Brazil to give evidence in this trial and spent several days being vigorously cross-examined by the man’s barrister.

In the end, it came down to her word against his, and the jury took only 90 minutes to vindicate her account of what happened.

The trial heard the pair matched on Tinder in June 2014. They agreed to meet for coffee on July 23rd 2014.

He picked her up in his BMW and drove her to a secluded part of the UCD campus.

After parking up there, she said he became very angry.

She described how scared she was when he forced himself on her.

He told gardaí he thought they were meeting for a “hook-up” that night and admitted trying to kiss her - but said he backed off when she freaked out and nothing else happened.

His sentence hearing will take place on December 15th.